This is a cool little trick for all mac users to be able to write to previously unwritable NTFS drives
( like the stock standard WD drives )
This is cool stuff… (and it’s not hard to follow)
Working in Terminal
Writing to NTFS drives is a functionality that’s been built into OS X for some time. For whatever reason, though, it’s an option that Apple has chosen to hide from the sight of the average user. What this means for you is that in order to enable writing to an NTFS drive, you’re going to need to dive into Terminal which is located within the Utilities folder.
Once in Terminal type:
sudo nano /etc/fstab
The sudo command is telling Terminal that you’d like to be granted administrator access to the command line. That means you’re going to need to enter the administrator password and press Enter.
If you’ve never used Terminal before, it might come as a surprise that when entering a password, rather than showing what you’re typing Terminal will show nothing at all.
When you’re finished typing your password, you’ll be brought to a program that looks like something out of the 80’s. The program is called nano and it’s the text editor that’s built into Terminal. The file that you’ll edit is called
stab. It’s a system configuration file that’s responsible for the drives and partitions connected to the Mac.
Within nano type:
none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse
Make sure to replace
drivename with the name of the drive. The drive’s name should contain no spaces, as adding a space to the configuration file would tell your Mac to interpret whatever’s after that space as a separate command.
Finally, press Control-O to save the file and Control-X to exit nano.
Accessing Your Drive
With the hard work of editing system configuration files out of the way, navigate to Finder and unmount the drive. When the drive has been unmounted, unplug it from the Mac and then plug it back in.
You’ll notice that the drive no longer shows up in Finder’s Devices menu or on the desktop. This is due to it’s precarious existence as a hidden feature. Luckily, there’s a pretty simple workaround for this. Within Finder’s menubar, click Go and then Go to Folder. Type /volumes as the path and press Enter.
Once inside OS X’s hidden Volumes folder, you can drag your NTFS drive to the sidebar underneath the Favorites tab in the sidebar for easy access. You’re now able to read and write to an NTFS drive!
UPDATE: While this fix works the first time to access an NTFS formatted hard drive, I found the next time I went to view the hard drive, I couldn’t find the drive at all! So I reversed this process and took all that stuff I had just pasted into terminal OUT.. then I simply installed Paragon’s “NTFS For Mac OS X“
Install this as a trial and give it a try (it’s worth buying) and you have full access forever to any NTFS hard drive. I should have tried that first! as I was trying to access someone’s hard drive with a strict deadline and this saved the day.